Get cosy: Where to find the best comfort food in Edinburgh

The Scottish capital knows the way to a foodie’s heart for sure! If you’re on the hunt for cosy comfort food on a cold autumn day, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of Edinburgh restaurants serving delicious, hearty dishes guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

Makars Gourmet Mash Bar
Mashed potato is an absolute comfort food classic. You’ll be amazed at what a simple potato can turn into at Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, a restaurant specialising in gourmet mashed potato. Embrace Scottish tradition and try their haggis with whisky cream sauce and your choice of mash –Cheddar and chive, perhaps? Or wholegrain mustard mash? If you’re not into haggis, we can recommend their award-winning wild boar sausages.

The Stockbridge Restaurant
Stockbridge is one of Edinburgh’s most charming districts, with cobbled lanes and The Water of Leith running through it. Here you’ll find this cosy, family-run restaurant where head chef Jason, his partner Jane and their team offer fresh and creative dishes, hand-picked wines, and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Save room for desserts like rhubarb crumble and banana tart tatin.

Burgers & Beers
Burgers & Beers is a must for anyone looking for a great burger in the heart of Edinburgh. On a sunny autumn day, you can even sit outside and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile. Come hungry and tuck into fully loaded burgers like the Dirty South and the Frying Scotsman, topped with a haggis fritter! Kids will love their milkshakes, while grown-ups can enjoy cocktails and craft beers.

Who knew that a grilled cheese toastie could be all you’ve ever wanted for your main meal? Meltmongers, located in Bruntsfield, creates fantastic flavour combinations and offers an array of tasty cheese toasties that will make you come back for more.

Woodland Creatures
Everything about Woodland Creatures screams comfort. Situated in trendy Leith, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends over a good meal and a cocktail or two. Try the indulgent mac ’n’ cheese flight and get cosy with your fellow foodies. From burgers and flatbreads to hearty Sunday roasts, your comfort food needs will be met and quite possibly exceeded, too.

You’ll find Spatch in the city’s historic Old Town, right beside The Royal Mile. After exploring Edinburgh’s sights, why not take a break in this cosy restaurant serving all things chicken? Take your pick from charcoal fired spatchcock chicken, crispy wings, steaks, ribs and more.

The Ivy on the Square
Who said that eating comfort food has to be a casual affair? If you are up for dressing up, then look no further than The Ivy brasserie on St. Andrew’s Square. After hitting the shops on Princes Street, a visit to this brasserie will make you feel like you’ve taken a short trip to Paris. We recommend trying their famous shepherd’s pie and the melting chocolate bombe with hot salted caramel sauce.

Mums Great Comfort Food
Mums promises gourmet comfort food that isn’t ‘poncey’ or ‘pricey’, but simply mouth-wateringly delicious. Expect familiar favourites like sausage and mash, steak and ale pie, and fish and chips. The team proudly sources their ingredients locally and is very generous with their portion-sizing. If you’re hungry and looking for great service in the city’s student district, this is the place to be.

Coro the Chocolate Café
The name gives it away: this quirky café makes chocolate lovers’ dreams come true! Foodies with a sweet tooth can try their chocolate in buttery crepes, ice-cream sundaes, and drizzled onto fluffy waffles. For the ultimate treat, order their famous chocolate fondue with fresh fruit, marshmallows or cake for dunking.

The Queens Arms
Sometimes all you need is a good Sunday lunch and at The Queen’s Arms, often voted the best Sunday roast in Edinburgh, you’ll find exactly that. Enjoy their Scottish classics with a modern twist and soak up the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. If you are up for sharing, try The Queen’s Arms pie – it’s big enough for two and served with creamy mash, seasonal veg, and homemade gravy.

Pizza is another comfort food classic originating from our Italian neighbours. At @pizza, you can channel your inner Italian and customise your very own pizza. There’s also a range of locally brewed beers, Italian wines and craft sodas to try, so you’re in for a great night out.

This is a guest post from freelance journalist Beatrice Clark. She has written for Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, among others, and has spent the past 15 years living in France, England and Scotland. She is currently based in Berlin and is always on the hunt for the perfect Eggs Benedict.